Jeff NoonanPhilosophy professor Jeff Noonan will lecture on “Eating, Working, Laughing: Embodied Humanist Values for the 21st Century,” Thursday, Nov. 24.

Philosopher to share thoughts on the good life

Philosophy professor Jeff Noonan will reflect on a quarter-century of work considering the goods of human life in a free public lecture entitled “Eating, Working, Laughing: Embodied Humanist Values for the Twenty-First Century,” Thursday, Nov. 24.

He will speak on a topic that could be considered the topic: what brings value, joy, and meaning to our lives.

According to Dr. Noonan, the material problems posed by life on Earth point toward three shared forms of value:

  • Life is sensuously enjoyable when our natural and social needs are satisfied.
  • Life is meaningful when our work contributes to the satisfaction of other’s needs.
  • Life is fulfilling when we accept that each person has a beginning and an ending and free ourselves from the desire for more than what such a finite life can provide.

Thursday’s event is presented by the Humanities Research Group as part of its Martin Wesley lecture series. It is set for 5 p.m. in the Performance Hall at the SoCA Armouries, 37 University Ave. East, and will conclude with a question-and-answer session and refreshments.

Learn more on the HRG website.

women handing boxes up to truckElves at work: Volunteers load up gifts for the 2018 Adopt-a-Family charity drive. This year’s collection date is Monday, Dec. 5.

Record response answers call of local families in need

The campus community has come out in force to support the Adopt-a-Family campaign, committing to provide 65 families with gifts to make the holiday season special.

“I’m so moved by the generosity of our faculty, staff, and students,” says organizer Sabina Howell, administrative assistant in Public Affairs and Communications. “This is the most families we’ve ever sponsored in our decades of participating.”

The holiday program of the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Foundation solicits donations for local families in need. Sponsors receive a list of wishes for clothing, food, toys, and necessities and then play Santa, spreading joy and hope to children and parents.

There’s still time to sign up, Howell notes: “I’ve had a couple of new volunteers register just now,” she said Tuesday.

Her office in the Welcome Centre is the collection spot for items to be dropped off on Dec. 5. UWindsor president Robert Gordon plans to be on hand from 11 a.m. to noon that day to greet and thank Adopt-a-Family donors with complimentary cookies and hot chocolate.

The foundation advises there is especial need of sponsors for small families and youths living independently and attending school. To register to adopt a family, contact Howell at

gloved hand holding cookie over glass of milkA ceremony will celebrate the lighting of the tree in the student centre commons at noon Thursday, Nov. 24.

Treats for the taking during tree lighting tomorrow

A ceremony to mark the official lighting of the student centre’s holiday tree promises milk and cookies with UWindsor president Robert Gordon at noon Thursday, Nov. 24.

A brass quintet from the School of Creative Arts will provide music suitable for the occasion.

All students are welcome, says Sandra Riccio-Muglia, director of programming for the student centre: “I promise that Yule have a good time!”

Campus Bookstore window displayThe Campus Bookstore “Friends and Family” sale offers discounts for online shoppers through Nov. 28.

Bookstore offering savings to online shoppers

The Friends and Family sale promises discounts on clothing and gifts from the Campus Bookstore for all online shoppers, from newly admitted students to alumni, faculty, staff, and fans.

The sale runs through Nov. 28 and promises more savings the more you buy:

  • 20% off one item
  • 25% off two items
  • 30% off three or more items

as well as free shipping.

To claim your discount, visit the store’s website, shop for UWindsor and Lancer branded gear, and use the code: FriendsFamily.

Susan BlightSusan Blight (MFA 2007) will discuss her work Nov. 24 in the School of Creative Arts’ first artist talk of the fall.

Indigenous artist to discuss practice Thursday

Susan Blight will discuss her work as a visual artist, examining visual and spatial formations of Anishinaabeg geographies of resistance in a School of Creative Arts’ artist talk, in the Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts’ Multimedia Studio at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24.

Blight is a member of the Anishinaabe, Couchiching First Nation, a UWindsor alumna (MFA 2007), and co-founder of the Ogimaa Mikana artist collective. She holds the Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at OCAD University.

Her solo and collaborative practices incorporate public art, site-specific intervention, photography, film, and social practice to question personal and cultural identity and its ongoing relationship to space.

Thursday’s event is free and open to the public; find more details on the SoCA website.

tablet computer and spiral bound notebookLet’s Talk Teaching Dossiers: a Community of Practice for graduate students will meet monthly next semester.

Graduate students to discuss teaching dossiers

A series of monthly meetings during the winter semester will give graduate students an opportunity to discuss, review, and share knowledge about teaching dossiers.

Participants in the Community of Practice on Teaching Dossiers will also be provided with optional self-paced modules and resources that can be utilized to start or refine an existing teaching dossier.

For more information and to register, visit:

globe highlighting MexicoThe ISC Culture Series will offer information on Mexico on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Seminar shedding light on Mexican culture

Consul Alejandro Noriega of the Mexican consulate in Leamington will discuss the culture of Mexico in a presentation today — Wednesday, Nov. 23 — in the International Student Centre.

The interactive session is part of the ISC Culture Series, intended to give UWindsor faculty and staff a better understanding of cultures around the world to enable them to support international students.

The event begins at 1 p.m. in the centre, located on the second floor of Laurier Hall.

Sessions in the Winter 2023 semester will include: India, the Middle East region, Indigenous cultures, Nigeria, and China. Sign up to receive an email reminder.

cartoon webinar screenStudent Awards and Financial Aid is hosting presentations to help students navigate the steps in their financial aid journeys.

Student loan repayment subject of webinar

A webinar presented by Student Awards and Financial Aid will offer information on the repayment process for recipients of the Ontario Student Assistance Program.

“OSAP and the Repayment Process” is aimed at students receiving government student assistance, in their final term of study, and with questions about repaying student loans. The one-hour session beings at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, over Microsoft Teams. Register here to receive a confirmation email containing the meeting link.

The 2022-23 Award Profile and Application portal was launched on Aug. 1, enabling undergraduate students to apply for merit and need-based scholarships and bursaries.

Graduate students are also able to use this portal to apply for certain merit and need-based graduate specific bursaries, as well as awards that are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students should also refer to the graduate studies website for additional information on graduate scholarship opportunities.

Application deadlines vary, so apply soon to maximize award opportunities.

UWinAward Profile/Application drop-in sessions are available to assist students with the process of applying for scholarships and bursaries.